Claude Jutra Award

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The Claude Jutra Award is a special Canadian film award, presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television to the year's best feature film by a first-time film director.[1] It should not be confused with the Prix Jutra, a separate awards ceremony conducted by the Quebec film industry.

Formerly part of the Genie Awards ceremonies, the Claude Jutra Award is now presented as part of the Canadian Screen Awards.

The Claude Jutra Award is a juried prize whose winner is announced in advance, although the prize is formally presented to the winner at the ceremony. To date three films, Le Confessional, Atanarjuat and Away from Her, have won both the Claude Jutra Award and the Best Picture Genie in the same year; all three films' directors also won the award for Best Director for the same films.


Year Film Director
1993 The Grocer's Wife John Pozer
1994 Louis 19, le roi des ondes (Louis 19, King of the Airwaves) Michel Poulette
1995 Le Confessional (The Confessional) Robert Lepage
1996 Joe's So Mean to Josephine Peter Wellington
1997 The Hanging Garden Thom Fitzgerald
1998 Last Night Don McKellar
1999 Post Mortem Louis Bélanger
2000 La Moitié gauche du frigo (The Left-Hand Side of the Fridge) Philippe Falardeau
2001 Atanarjuat Zacharias Kunuk
2002 Flower & Garnet Keith Behrman
2003 Comment ma mère accoucha de moi durant sa ménopause (How My Mother Gave Birth to Me During Menopause) Sébastien Rose
2004 La Peau blanche (White Skin) Daniel Roby
2005 Familia Louise Archambault
2006 (tie) Eve and the Fire Horse Julia Kwan
La Vie secrète des gens heureux (The Secret Life of Happy People) Stéphane Lapointe
2007 Away from Her Sarah Polley
2008 Tout est parfait (Everything Is Fine) Yves Christian Fournier
2009 J'ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother) Xavier Dolan
2010 Sortie 67 (Exit 67) Jephté Bastien
2011 Nuit #1 (Night #1)[2] Anne Émond[2]
2012 Blackbird Jason Buxton[3]
2013 Whitewash Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais[4]